Who Am I

Personal reflection journal who am I


My name is Melody Cole-Gates, I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where I have lived almost all my life. Well, except for that one year I spent in Louisville, Kentucky when I was nineteen with my mother, doing nothing but chilling, working for Micky D’s and hitting the club scenes, so that doesn’t really count, right??

I graduated from Colonel White High School in the 90’s -Go Cougars! Before that I went to Belmont, Roth and Weisenborn to name a few, so, I guess you can say we moved around a lot, but in the process, I made a few good friends, still to this day.

After high school, I took some college courses… I was doing well in all my classes, then due to unforeseen circumstances I ended up taking a long break from school…until now.

Over the years, I held jobs as a Customer Service Representative at GE and National City Mortgage. I also worked in the assembly line at places like Honda and GM. When I was laid off from my past employer over ten years ago, it became a blessing in disguise.

Instead, of beating the pavement to find another “real” job (as some would call it), I took my savings and invested it into becoming a full-time, professional self-taught artist. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have been fortunate enough to have sold my paintings and drawings across America and overseas. I have met, talked to and/or worked with some some great people from Downtown Dayton Partnership, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Living Dayton, Dayton Daily News and others. I even had my own art studio downtown at one time which was my dream.

I love painting people, landscapes and abstracts. It makes me happy to know that I can spark joy or a special memory in others through my artwork or just liven up their living or office space. Although painting has become my passion, it happens to be creative writing that is my first love.

It’s like, ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be an artist and a writer. Some might say writing and art are both my calling. Though, I know deep down that my writing needs a bit more cultivating to help it grow to its fullest potential. That’s why I am here (in school). So, I can be an artist who not only Paints People’s Pictures (say that 3x fast), but also the amazing writer that I know I can be. God willing.

“Telling a story is an art in any medium.” -Professor M.

Melody Cole-Gates

English 1101, Semester 1

Professor M.

23 August 2017

DIY: Inspirational Poem Plaque

Hello, today, I have a quick and artsy Do-It-Yourself project that will help keep your….

Hello, today, I have a quick and artsy Do-It-Yourself project that will help keep your favorite poem or quote engraved nicely in glass for you and all to admire. I also shared how-to create my inspirational poem plaque on my Instagram page @melodycolegates -a couple of months ago, but I thought I’d share it here too, just in case you would like to try my “nifty” DIY project for yourself :)


1- 8″ x 10″ picture frame
1- small tube of mars black acrylic paint
1- small tube of gold acrylic paint
1- med flat paint brush
1- small round detail brush
1- pointed metal object (like a butter knife)
1- damp cloth

Take the glass out of the 8″ x 10″ frame and brush one side of the glass with a thin layer of black acrylic paint (two coats may be needed). Let air dry.  20170625_094917Then, use the tip of a metal object and carefully etch your poem into that painted surface.  Lightly scrape off the black paint until all of your letters show up clearly from the front. When you have finished etching your favorite poem into the painted glass, wipe off any excess paint chips and/or fingerprints with a damp cloth. Now, you should be ready to fill in all those little letters to make your poem stand out beautifully. So, on the same side (you just painted and etched your poem into), dip your brush into the metallic gold acrylic paint and completely fill in each letter of your entire poem. After it dries, for a good 15 minutes or so, turn it over to reveal your own special poem etched in glass for years to come.


Write your poem backwards on the glass in order to read it forward when you turn it around. Hope that makes sense :)

I wrote my ‘Success’ poem back in 2001 and created this plaque as a memento right afterwards. It is still hanging on my living room wall till this day and looks as though I made it yesterday.

Tag me on Instagram if you try my DIY poem etched in glass! I’d also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks! Happy Sunday 🤗

xo melody

success poem with books